Move and be moved. actors, dancers, theatre makers.

The best 3-weeks of your summer.

Join us in Halifax.

July 28 to August 15, 2014

Naomi Seifter chair standLed by Stephen Cross, this training will give you a foundation in this work and the tools to take it forward into your practice.  Andrea Leigh-Smith will lead dance and pilates training,  and there will be mask building with Andrea Ritchie.  Other enesmble members will take part as mentors for students.
Dynamic, engaging training in physical and ensemble theatre.  Irondale’s long tradition of ensemble theatre and improvisation comes together with the work of the physical theatre. A collision of amazing ways of making theatre; a fantastic new energy. A wonderful environment for learning and creation.  The Irondale School of Ensemble Theatre is offering this workshop for emerging and established professional actors and other performers and creators who want to engage in creating and performing.
This 3 week intensive will focus on the actor creator. Daily training will involve performance classes, pilates, yoga, conditioning, acrobatics, dance, tai chi and mask building.  This workshop will be intense and very physical.  Full of enthusiasm, inspiration, hope and love for the theatre.                                                       So come. Be engaged mind and body in this dynamic theatre.
Deadline: We will take students until the workshop is full.  To apply for a subsidized spot, please apply by March 15, 2014. Artists who live in Nova Scotia, students of Dalhousie University, Syracuse University and Acadia University are eligible for a subsidy.
Accommodations:  Halifax is a small city full of universities. Five, in fact!  So there a many housing options. You can arrange to stay on one of the nearby campuses in residence, or we can help you find a sublet or a shared accommodation.
Other great reasons to come take this workshop: Halifax is a fun, walk-able city.  You’ll be close to lakes and ocean beaches  (to which we will take field trips…), terrific restaurants, tons of pubs & bars, an incredible local music scene, three circus schools,  an insane number of yoga studios, the weather in the summer is awesome ( warm/hot days, cooler nights), two major Farmer’s Markets, at the same time as the workshop there is a Busker Festival, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival….we could go on.

Tuition: $1200         With Subsidy: $1000

Apply now!    Send a letter of interest along with your resume and the name and contact information for 2 references to

Call or text 902 429-1370 or find us on Facebook.


Stephen Cross: Artistic Director, Performance, Conditioning & Tai Chi

Andrea Leigh-Smith : Pilates and Dance

Andrea Ritchie: Mask Building

Mission Statement

The Irondale School of Ensemble Theatre began in the summer of 2004.

It exists to advocate for the art of ensemble theatre, to train actors to be able to carry on the traditions of ensemble theatre, to engage in a dynamic involvement with the international ensemble theatre movement and to work to establish educational collaborations with other practitioners of ensemble theatre.

Fields of study for actors include collective creation, group writing and devising, the history of ensemble theatre, and community arts practice.

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